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City of Newburgh, NY - On May 30th, multiple fire departments responded to help contain a large structure fire in the City of Newburgh. Newburgh Firefighters arrived to Carpenter Avenue around 10:40 A.M. and found heavy flames consuming a storage building containing scrap wood.

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Double Tractor-Trailer Accident on NYS Thruway Entraps Driver Town of Newburgh, NY - On May 14th at 1:31 P.M., the Cronomer Valley FD was dispatched to an MVA on the NYS Thruway at mile marker 63.40 south. Upon responding, Cronomer Valley JUMP TO FILE# was advised that 052918107 there was entrapment, and that a tractor-trailer was involved. After arriving on scene within seven minutes, Cronomer Valley Car 2 advised Orange 911 that he had a very serious accident involving two tractor-trailers, one being a tandem unit. He requested a heavy wrecker from Quality Towing and one rescue from the Plattekill and Winona Lake Fire Departments. An engine from the Orange Lake FD was also requested for the Medivac landing zone, which was set up 1/8 of a mile south of the accident, on the southbound side of the thruway. Cronomer Valley Car 2 sized up the scene and found a gentleman heavily entrapped after driving underneath the first tandem trailer, which pushed the trailer's rear axle on top of the cab of the entrapped driver's tractor. This pushed the trailer in the air approximately 25-feet at its highest point, which the driver was underneath of. EMTs from Town of Newburgh ambulance arrived on scene and made contact with the entrapped victim, who was talking to us during the whole extrication process. Cronomer Valley Rescue 303 arrived on scene and immediately went to work on stabilizing the trailer and axle on top of the patient, using our new Res-QJacks that we had just received the week prior. Plattekill Rescue 47-50 arrived on scene, stretched a line and started assisting Cronomer Valley. Winona Lake arrived and immediately put their struts to work. Quality Towing arrived with their 75-ton rotating boom wrecker and attached a very large strap to the overhanging trailer. Once full stabilization took place, which took 45 minutes, the companies went to work on extrication. At that point, the Middlehope

FD, who was standing by at Cronomer Valley, was pulled up to the scene for manpower. Another engine from Orange Lake was also called to the scene for relief purposes. This now put the Modena, Marlboro, Goodwill and Coldenham Fire Departments on standby at nearby stations. The Orange County Hazmat team, along with the Maybrook spill response unit responded to deal with the approximate 200gallons of diesel fuel that was actively leaking throughout the entire extrication process. Orange Cars 13, 4 and 10 were on scene giving support for the incident and advising the County of the severity of the situation with regular updates. Multiple tools were used during the incident, including four sets of Jaws, five rams, about seven sawzalls, and a lot of hand tools. Even Quality's wrecker was called upon twice; once to help move the B post, and the second time to pull the steering wheel due to the weight on top of the patient and there being no points to actually pull the column forward. The wrecker ended up being a huge tool that day and it would have been a much more complicated rescue without Quality Towing's help. On a side note, one of the trailers was carrying empty soda cans while the second trailer, which went under the first trailer, was carrying 50-lb. weighed lead bars. These bars shifted during the impact and crushed the tractor from the rear due to the abrupt stop, which was another cause for such heavy entrapment. Crews worked long and patiently, and after two hours and 40 minutes, the patient was extricated and alive. (Yes, I said two hours and 40 minutes later.) He was immediately airlifted to Westchester Trauma Center where he underwent surgery and was expected to recover from his injuries. The success of this life-saving incident is attributed to the hours of training, as well as the knowledge and experience of the first responders that were on scene to deal with the situation. It goes to show that Newburgh can deal with these serious situations, and anything else thrown our way!

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Three-Car Crash with Rollover in New Paltz New Paltz, NY - New Paltz Fire and New Paltz Rescue were dispatched to Main Street on May 25th for a three-vehicle MVA with rollover. There was no fire, but New Paltz Rescue called a second ambulance to the scene for transport.

Newburgh, NY - On May 23rd, while driving home in the Town of Newburgh, Plattekill Past Asst. Chief/Firefighter Rob Betanzos Jr. observed an adult male driver slumped over the wheel of his vehicle while driving. Rob turned around and went back to check on the individual, and found the patient to be unconscious and unresponsive. Rob noticed that the patient appeared to be under the influence and administered a dose of Narcan to the patient. The male did not respond to the first dose and went into cardiac arrest. Rob initiated CPR and while doing CPR, a bystander stopped to help. Rob directed her to get the second dose of Narcan from his work truck. He administered the second dose of Narcan and the patient regained consciousness. The patient was ultimately transported to a local hos-

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Georgia: Stacey Leigh Boulware, 44 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 12, 2018 Death Date: March 12, 2018 Fire Department: Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services Initial Summary: Firefighter Stacey Leigh Boulware collapsed while on duty at Cobb County Fire Station 5. Firefighter Boulware was reported to having responded to two emergency calls and passing a fire department physical agility test in the hours prior to her falling ill. Boulware was treated by fellow responders then transported to Kennestone Hospital where, despite all efforts, she succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.

Texas: M.V. Hudson, 86 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: February 28, 2018 Death Date: March 10, 2018 Fire Department: New London Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter M.V. Hudson was injured in a fire tender (tanker) crash on the evening of February 28th. Hudson and two other firefighters were responding to a grass fire when the apparatus left the right side of the roadway and rolled over, badly damaging the cab and injuring all three occupants. The three firefighters had to be extracted from the vehicle and were rushed to the hospital. Two firefighters were subsequently released, but Firefighter Hudson died while in the hospital on March 10, 2018.

Louisiana: Allen Headley, 31 Rank: Firefighter-Operator Incident Date: March 16, 2018 Death Date: March 16, 2018 Fire Department: Plaquemines Parish Fire District # 2 Initial Summary: While on-duty at the fire station, Firefighter-Operator Allen Headley was found unresponsive in the fire station day room. FirefighterOperator Headly was treated by fellow responders and transported to the hospital but succumbed to a

nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.

Pennsylvania: Ivan Flanscha, 50 & Zachary Anthony, 29 Rank: Firefighters Incident Date: March 21, 2018 Death Date: March 22, 2018 Fire Department: York City Department of Fire/Rescue Services Initial Summary: Firefighter Ivan Flanscha and Firefighter Zachary Anthony were killed from a collapse at the scene of a multi-alarm fire that began the previous day. Fire crews were still onscene putting out hot spots that were flaring up nearly twenty-four hours later. Firefighters Anthony and Flanscha were transported to the hospital where they succumbed to their injuries. Two other firefighters injured in the collapse are reported to be in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. Prior to the fire breaking out, the 150 year old multi-story structure, known as the Weaver Organ and Piano building, was being renovated into apartments. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by authorities.

Ohio: Rodney D. Baker, Jr., 47 Rank: Assistant Chief Incident Date: March 15, 2018 Death Date: March 16, 2018 Fire Department: Madison Township-Kunkle Fire Department Initial Summary: After attending an earlier fire department training meeting, Assistant Chief Rodney D. Baker, Jr., responded to a grass fire at 2229hrs on March, 15, 2018. Chief Baker (Chief 51) was first on scene as the commanding officer for the incident and was back in service at 2336hrs. The following day, while attending a family event, Chief Baker became ill and collapsed at 1638hrs. Family members trained in CPR immediately came to Chief Baker’s aid while the Pioneer Fire Department and Williams County EMS were called to the scene. Assistant Chief Baker was transported to Bryan hospital where, despite all efforts, he later passed away from a reported cardiac event.


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Albany Fire Department Hosts Annual FIRE OPS 101 Event Colonie, NY - On May 8th, at the Colonie Municipal Fire Training Center, the International Association of Firefighters held their annual FIRE OPS 101 event. The event was hosted by JUMP TO FILE# the Albany Fire De- 051818107 partment. IAFF fire departments from all over New York brought their local news media and local elected officials together to give them a taste of what firefighters have to go through on a daily basis in the cities they serve and protect. Elected officials are chosen to serve the community and give their taxpayers the best public safety possible, but unfortunately in most cases, the first thing that goes on the chopping block in any city budget when facing hard times is public safety. The closing of firehouses, cutting of manpower, and/or not buying the safety equipment needed to protect our firefighters is commonly seen. FIRE OPS 101 is designed to give elected officials and media a look and feel into what firefighters face on a daily basis. The event started with each participant getting their vitals checked by a paramedic, followed by being checked in. After getting the green light, each participant made their way into the training room and took a seat. Albany firefighters started off with a safety briefing to explain some of the equipment that is used to keep them safe, including the bailout system, why they have it, and how important it is to every firefighter today. The firefighters played audio from January 23, 2005 from Bronx Box 3-3, when multiple FDNY firefighters lost their lives after having to jump from the fifth-floor of a building after the fire they were fighting rapidly changed, causing them to become trapped. As participants listened to the audio, which included firefighters calling for the MAYDAY as well as the company officer calling out that they had a whole company jump from the fifth-floor to the ground below and needed EMS to the back of the building for multiple firefighters down, you could see the total shock and sadness in their faces that this actually happened. Firefighters talked about one of the biggest problems they are facing right now; cancer in the fire service. Cancer rates are soaring throughout the fire service today due to the kind of chemicals in the items that are burning. Firefighters explained how crucial it is that they have the proper protection and equipment to help them reduce the risk of contracting the deadly disease. Everyone was then brought outside and geared up for the event to officially start. Firefighters took their local leaders and media personnel with them to the first station. The first station was a search

and rescue house. Each participant experienced what it's like to search a house under zero visibility, as well as the sound level they face while inside a burning building with operations going on all around them. The sounds of chainsaws running and incoming fire engines filled the house and rattled the ears of each participant. Each participant was geared up with air packs and a blacked out air piece. They made entry into the house as a team and searched for people trapped inside. As they made their way through the house, the participants found their first victim. Each dummy weighed about 160-pounds and it was the job of the two-person crew to get them out. The two participants worked together to pull the heavy dummy down the stairs and to the front door all while having to remember the way they came in, as they were in zero visibility. Each participant was given a short break before being taken to the next station, where they had to pull the large diameter hose from the back of the engine and connect it to the fire hydrant, followed by pulling a hand line and operating it in the field. This exercise gave each person the feeling of what it's like for firefighters to have to pull and handle a line that is under pressure, which is definitely not as easy as it looks. After finishing at this station, participants were taken over to Albany FD's Ladder-2 and given the opportunity to climb to the top of the 100-foot ladder and look down. This took each participant to a new level of seeing what firefighters do daily. After another short break and some water, each participant was taken to the live burn room. Firefighters used hay and pallets for the demonstration opposed to furniture and heavy amounts of plastics that are found in most houses today, which are causing fires to burn eight times hotter than they did in the past. Each participant entered the burn room where temperatures were initially at 500 degrees. Two pallets and more hay was added to the fire, which quickly brought the temperature to over 1,200 degrees at the ceiling. Participants got to feel what it's like for firefighters to be in that heat while in full turnout gear, as well as how loud it is to be in fire conditions. Firefighters used a water can to hit the ceiling and bring down the thermal barrier to show participants how conditions change when water is used to knock down the fire. As each person exited the room, their helmet and turnout gear smoked. It became so hot in the room at one point that the bourkes on two firefighters' helmets melted. When asking some of the participants what it was like inside the burn room, they explained that it was not what they expected it to be. They thought the gear they were wearing was going to keep the heat down, and they also thought that it would be a lot eas-

ier to hear inside, but it was the opposite. The final station was an extrication station where each participant had the opportunity to use Hurst tools provided by MES to cut apart cars in order to get the trapped drivers out. Each participant used state-of-the-art equipment under the guidance of experienced firefighters to pop open and cut doors off from the driver's side before removing the trapped dummy. Participants had the opportunity to see the power of the equipment and how much strength is needed to lift and move the equipment while under a controlled environment. The instructor spoke about how firefighters have a very

short time frame to remove a trapped person from a car, and only one hour to get them to the hospital. Also, the instructor noted that they did not have to deal with other distractions during the exercise as they would during an actual accident, such as traffic driving around them. The day ended with a live propane burn. Firefighters geared up and put hand lines in place. The fire was started and took off, with flames over 30-feet high in the air. Firefighters used two hand lines to push up to the tank where the valve was that they needed to turn off. With heavy fire blowing over their heads, the firefighters made the push to the tank to shut off the valve. As they got close, they used

a fog nozzle at a 30-degree angle to direct the fire away from them and get to the valve that was on fire. When at the area of the valve, the firefighters reached in and turned the valve off, knocking the fire out. This skill is taught to every firefighter in New York State. The goal of this annual event is to give each local politician and media member a new respect for firefighters and the challenges they face on a daily basis. The following cities had local media and elected officials patriciate: Albany, Troy, Saratoga Springs, Endicott, Ithaca and the City of Rensselaer.

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NYS Fire Academy Graduates 56 New Recruits

Watkins Glen, NY - On May 11th, the NYS Fire Academy held a graduation ceremony for recruit class #75 at the Watkins Glen Community Center. This was the biggest graduating class on record, with a total of 56 recruits. The recruits put in over 500 hours of work within 11 weeks. Best of luck to all the new firefighters!

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Arson Deemed Cause of Blaze at Former Psychiatric Center Poughkeepsie, NY - On April 27th at approximately 3:44 A.M., Fairview firefighters were dispatched for a report of smoke in the area of Fulton Street. Firefighters found smoke coming from the area of the former Hudson River Psychiatric Center, across Route 9 from Marist College. Upon further investigation, a fire was found in the wing of the old Main Administration building. Additional resources were immediately called to the scene, according to Fairview Fire Chief Chris Maeder. In a statement issued by Chief Maeder, he said "after a majority of the fire was knocked down, it was determined that the fire extended

JUMP TO FILE #060118104 into the Main Building, requiring additional ladders and fire apparatus to the scene to control the fire. Assisting at the scene was Pleasant Valley Fire District, City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department, New Hamburg Fire District, Arlington Fire District, Roosevelt Fire District, Union Vale Fire District, LaGrange Fire District, Hyde Park Fire Department, Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response, Town of Poughkeepsie Police, Water, and Building Department, and Mobile Life Sup-

port Services. Stand-by coverage was provided by the Rhinebeck Fire Department." In all, 75 firefighters were operating at the scene of the fire. The last personnel were cleared after 5:00 P.M. that day. The fire investigation team determined that the blaze was intentionally set. The developers of the property have offered a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual(s) who started the fire. This is the second fire in recent months that has been deemed arson in which a reward has been offered by the developers. - TODD BENDER

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Two-Alarm Electrical Fire Leaves Home Uninhabitable in Red Hook Red Hook, NY - An electrical fire in the Town of Red Hook late Sunday night, May 6th, left a home on Spencer Drive uninhabitable. The 9-1-1 call came into the Red Hook Fire Company at 11:34 P.M. JUMP TO FILE# on May 6th for a 050718106 fire at 36 Spencer Dr., off Route 9 in Upper Red Hook. Upon arrival of the first firefighters moments later, heavy smoke and fire was observed coming from the front of the house and kitchen area. The two residents of the home had already safely evacuated, along with their dog. A second-alarm was immediately called for, bringing additional fire support to the scene. Red Hook was assisted in firefighting efforts and EMS support by volunteers from Milan, Tivoli, Livingston, Clermont, Rhinebeck and Rhinecliff, with Pine Plains on standby. NDP and the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office were also on scene. While fighting the fire, crews experienced a partial roof collapse above the kitchen. According to Red Hook Assistant Chief Shawn Ball, this forced the operations into a more defensive mode of attack. Despite that, they were able to bring the fire under control in approximately 30 minutes, although operations at the scene continued until almost 5:30 A.M. Nobody was injured in the fire, however one resident and one firefighter were transported to Northern Dutchess Hospital for medical evaluation. The resident, who was sitting in his vehicle when firefighters arrived, was assisted from the property by the Sheriff’s Office before being transferred to an ambulance. With the home uninhabitable, the homeowners made arrangements to stay with family. The Dutchess County Fire Investigation Division determined early Monday morning, May 7th, that the fire was accidental and began in the front porch area of the home. - JEFF LEVINE

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Manatee County Fire Services Goes to the Dogs for Early Cancer Detection Manatee County, FL - They say that a dog is man’s best friend; well, soon he may be firefighters' best friend as well. With cancer rates soaring at an alarming rate, there is only so much a firefighter can do to reduce the risk of contracting this disease. Early detection is the key in battling it, and the answer might be only a sniff away. Last summer, while working a fire in California at the Modoc National Forest, I was having lunch with some paramedics from central California and they were talking about the dogs. I listened for a while and then asked what exactly they were talking about. To my surprise, they said they were talking about a program that their fire departments run once a year with dogs from Canada that sniff out cancer. I have to say at first I really thought they were pulling my leg (especially being that I'm originally from New Jersey), but as I listened, the story was more than believable with the dogs finding cancer in some of their firefighters. That night when I got back to camp, I called my wife and had her look up "Canada Cancer Dogs," and there it was. We decided that we were going to research it and run the program in Manatee County, Florida where we live. We gave Glenn Ferguson, owner of Canada Cancer Dogs, a

JUMP TO FILE #051518110 call to set up the program for Manatee County, which he explained my wife and I would now be project managers of. We needed an organization to sponsor the program, so I approached Manatee County Fire Academy, where I'm an instructor. We used the Academy and then traveled to firehouses for a two-week period to take samples. We opened the program to firefighters and their families, and around 300 samples were taken. The test starts with participants filling out a medical questionnaire, followed by each individual breathing into a mask for 10 minutes. (Participants pay $20 for the mask.) The masks are then mailed out to Canada for the dogs to test. Each mask is sniffed by at least four dogs that are about 96% accurate in detecting cancer. The dogs can find cancer cells at a very early stage, much sooner than conventional cancer testing. The Chicago Fire Department has been using this program for years, and even has a documentary out about it called “Walking Points”. For more information about the program and how you and your department can get involved, visit www.CancerDogs.Ca

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Firefighters from Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue mask up to take the screening.

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Manatee County Project Managers, Willie and Sandra Cirone.


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Fatal House Fire Claims Life of Woman in Saugerties Saugerties, NY - On Saturday, April 21st at 2:19 A.M., a fire ripped through an apartment house at 18-20 Russell Street, in the village of Saugerties. Firefighters and other emergency personnel ar- JUMP TO FILE# rived to find fire 052218111 coming out of all windows and doors. The fast-moving blaze also spread to a nearby structure at 22 Russell Street. One woman perished in the fire, and four people were critically injured. The injured were transported to different hospitals, including a Kingston hospital, Albany Medical Center, and Westchester Medical Center. Deputy Fire Coordinator Chris Worrad said that about 100 firefighters, along with mutual aid companies, helped battle the blaze. - JOHN BECHTOLD

Fire consuming the building.

Firefighters doing a great job battling the blaze.

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Large Brush Fire at New Baltimore Truck Stop Quickly Knocked New Baltimore, NY - The New Baltimore Fire Department was initially dispatched around 11:35 P.M. on May 30th for a possible vehicle fire at the New Baltimore Truck Stop after multiple calls from JUMP TO FILE# the NYS Thruway 053118114 reported a large outdoor fire. They were then re-dispatched for additional manpower and for their UTV after crews discovered a large brush fire next to the tractor-trailers at the truck stop. The large fire was quickly knocked down by New Baltimore Fire with assistance from Coxsackie Hose #3. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation. - THOMAS MARRA

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IN SERVICE

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Port Ewen Fire Department's new Rescue 48-14 was out on display at the 2018 Harrisburg, PA Fire Expo, held in May.

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The Liverpool Fire Department operates this 2005 Spartan/Saulsbury Heavy Rescue.

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Two-Car Crash Sends One to Hospital in Newburgh Newburgh, NY - On May 27th, the Cronomer Valley FD was called out to a two-car MVA on Route 300 and Gardnertown Road. One person was taken to the hospital by the Town of Newburgh Ambulance with unknown injuries.

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Three-Car MVA in Town of Newburgh Newburgh, NY - The Winona Lake FD was dispatched to a three-vehicle MVA on May 12th at Meadow Hill Road and the entrance to the Newburgh Mall. Firefighters assisted at the scene with traffic and checked the roadway for fluids. Mobile Life ALS transported one subject to Saint Luke's Hospital. The Town of Newburgh Police are investigating the cause.

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Occupants of Car Killed After Crashing Into Stanfordville Home Stanfordville, NY - Three occupants of a car that crashed into a house on Route 82 near the intersection of Bulls Head Road in Dutchess County are dead following a June 4th crash. The Stanford Fire Department as well as New York State Police were dispatched to the call just before 11:00 P.M. Monday night, and

JUMP TO FILE #060518108 arrived to find a vehicle partially in the house with three occupants trapped inside. Officials say that the vehicle had been traveling south on Route 82 when it struck a tree and utility

pole, causing live power lines to fall which then ignited the tree, house and vehicle. The sole occupant of the house was able to escape uninjured. The cause of the crash is under investigation by the New York State Police. - TODD BENDER

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Firefighter Memorial Service Held in Slingerlands Slingerlands, NY - Just two hours before the start of the Memorial Day parade in the Town of Bethlehem on May 28th, a Firefighter Memorial Service was held at Firefighter Memorial Park, located next to the Slingerlands Firehouse on New Scotland Road. After the service, everyone walked to the Slingerlands Firehouse where there was a ceremony held to honor Past Chief and Commissioner, John Flannigan. They also dedicated their radio room in his honor.

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Some of Newburgh's First Responders on hand at the 2018 Newburgh Illuminated Festival, held on Saturday, June 2nd.


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Three-Alarm Blaze Destroys Old Lumberyard in City of Newburgh City of Newburgh, NY - On May 30th, multiple fire departments responded to help contain a large structure fire in the City of Newburgh. Newburgh Firefighters arrived to Carpenter Avenue around 10:40 A.M. and found heavy flames consuming a storage JUMP TO FILE# building containing 053118101 scrap wood. The fire destroyed the former lumberyard on Carpenter Ave., and also heavily damaged three other structures that were in close proximity. The blaze went to three alarms before it was put under control at 11:30 A.M. Newburgh Fire Department responded to the incident and received mutual aid from West Point (one truck), Air Guard Fire (one engine & one tanker), Castle Point Fire (FAST), Middle Hope Fire (one truck to standby), Good-Will Fire (one engine), Cronomer Valley Fire (one engine), Vails Gate Fire (one truck), Marlboro Fire (one engine), Beacon Fire (one engine to standby), Orange Lake Fire (one tanker), Maybrook Fire (spill trailer), Coldenham Fire (one truck to standby), and Orange County Coordinators (Cars 1, 4 & 13). - LINDSEY PALMER

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PATCH OF THE MONTH

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New Paltz, NY - On April 14th, New Paltz, along with Woodcrest, Rifton and Tillson Fire Departments trained on forcible entry tactics using a door simulator built locally for New Paltz. Woodcrest hosted the training session at their facility.

Multiple Departments Fight Early Morning House Fire in Ravena Ravena, NY - The Ravena Fire Department along with Ravena Rescue were dispatched around 3:30 A.M. on May 31st for a structure fire with possible entrapment at 211 Main Street. JUMP TO FILE# After about five 082613157 minutes, the Coeymans, Coeymans Hollow and New Baltimore Fire Departments were all toned out as mutual aid for Ravena Fire after a structure fire was confirmed and a Signal 30 was called. At 4:00 A.M., the Onesquethaw Fire Department was requested to standby in Coeymans Hollow's quarters, and the Selkirk Fire Department was requested to standby in the Coeymans Firehouse at 5:00 A.M. MedwayGrapeville also responded to the scene with their rehab trailer. At one point, when once most of the flames were knocked down, one of the chiefs called for a blanket, which immediately concerned everyone on scene. A blanket was then brought over and a firefighter could be seen climbing down a ladder from the dark and smoky second-floor of the structure carrying a dog that was shaken, but alive. The dog was treated at the scene and reunited with its owner, who then took it to the vet to be examined. Everybody was able to escape the structure safely. An escape ladder is credited with saving the lives of a few residents by allowing them to make it out, as the only other exit was a fully-en-

Flames seen coming from a three-family home in Ravena on May 31st.

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gulfed staircase. One resident received some burns and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Alleged Illegal Grow House in Marlboro Goes Up in Smoke Marlboro, NY - On June 6th at approximately 1:30 P.M., the Marlboro FD was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 212 Bingham Road. Arriving units confirmed the fire and struck the second-alarm, bringing assistance from the Milton and Middle Hope Fire Departments. Command JUMP TO FILE# also requested that 060718101 Central Hudson Gas & Electric terminate power to the raised ranch. When power was cut, firefighters determined that lights were still on in the residence. A primary search of the residence led to the discovery of several potted plants, presumed to be marijuana, in the two secondfloor bedrooms. A similar discovery was made in the basement, where the entire floor was filled with potted plants, approximately five to six feet tall. Once the fire was extinguished, the scene was turned over to law enforcement for an investigation. As of 6:00 P.M., authorities were on scene preparing to execute a search warrant. - TODD BENDER

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New Jersey Heavy Fire VIDEO REVIEW

by John Malecky

New Jersey Heavy Fire Newark, Jersey City and Linden, NJ The 1970’s By Advanced Print & Video Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 e-mail: support@fire-policeems.com www.fire-police-ems.com Price $29.95 (DVD) This DVD is 60 minutes in length. It was reproduced by Fire Line Video Productions in 2002. It has four scenes on it which are also listed on the back of the jacket, however the scene numbers are transposed on two of the them. All of these incidents occurred at night. The first is in Jersey City and is a third-alarm at the United Chemi-

cal Company. You’ll almost expect to feel the heat in your easy chair while you watch it. It is rip roaring from one end to the other. Firefighters can be seen reversing their helmets to shield them from the heat! Most of the footage is from a distance due to the heat and probably the fire line. The next is in Newark and involves a residential building fire in which four perished. They can be seen being carried out and placed in ambulances. Crews can be seen using master streams to battle the fire. The next is a dwelling fire in Jersey City that took the lives of seven. They also can be seen being carried out. This “job” is along the same lines as the Newark fire. Finally is the Linden Exxon Oil refinery fire, which was a heavily involved inferno and again seen from a distance for obvious reasons. All of these incidents happened in the 1970’s and they brought back memories of the older apparatus that served their cities so well. For seeing plenty of fire, don’t miss out on this one!

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Campbell Hall, NY - On Friday, May 18th, the Campbell Hall Fire Department operated at a fire involving a large pile of wood chips at McNeilly Wood Products, Inc., located on Nelley Town Road. The Washingtonville Fire Department established a fill site and supplied numerous tankers over a five hour period.


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Single-Vehicle Rollover with Entrapment in Adams Adams, NY - On April 30th at approximately 7:39 P.M., Adams and Mannsville Fire Departments responded to a one-vehicle rollover, with one subject entrapped. The vehicle had rolled over several times before landing under a steep embankment JUMP TO FILE# under a bridge. 050318118 Adams and Mannsville firefighters quickly stabilized the vehicle. Adams FD used the Jaws of Life and freed one subject from the vehicle. Two other subjects had already self-extricated. Crews had to work hard to free the trapped subject, as it was a tough cut due to the make of the car, as well as where the car ended up. Lifenet out of Watertown also responded to the scene, as well as South Jefferson Rescue Squad with two rigs. - BRIAN BERKEY

Adams FD arriving on scene.

Crews working hard to free the trapped occupant.

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DRILLS/TRAINING

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Car Versus Gas Pump in Town of Newburgh JEN LASHER

Binghamton, NY - Binghamton Airport Firefighters, as well as other airport firefighters and local first responders, recently went through live burn training to be ready in case of such a disaster. The week-long training event was offered to those in need of the annual training to remain certified per FAA requirements. This is also a great time to familiarize mutual aid agencies with the types of fires you encounter at an airport and with aircraft. This training led up to a large scale disaster drill held on 5/19/18.

Newburgh, NY - Dan Leghorn FD was dispatched to a vehicle into a gas pump at the Shell Gas Station on Route 17K/Homewood Avenue on May 1st. Town of Newburgh Police blocked all entrances into the gas station while firefighters examined the damage. Dan Leghorn Command requested the Town of Newburgh Building Inspector to the scene. Units stood by until he arrived.


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JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER/SIDEWINDER PHOTOGRAPHY

Working Structure Fire in Village of Waterford

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Quick Knock Down in Coxsackie

Coxsackie, NY - Multiple departments assisted with a structure fire at 231 Mansion Street in the Village of Coxsackie around 8:30 P.M. on May 9th. The fire started in the secondfloor kitchen of the residence. The fire was quickly knocked down and the structure was saved. Coxsackie Fire, Athens Fire, New Baltimore Fire and Medway-Grapeville Fire all responded to the scene.

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Waterford, NY - The Waterford FD was dispatched for a reported basement fire at 92 Broad Street on May 14th. Car 64 arrived on scene and stated that he had heavy smoke and fire showing from the building. Car 64 requested the Northside FD and Boght to the scene with their FAST team. The first arriving piece of apparatus had its firefighters stretch a line into the basement, where they encountered a heavy fire con-

JUMP TO FILE #051818108 dition. As heavy smoke poured from the building, additional units arrived on scene. Firefighters conducted an aggressive interior attack, with additional crews working on the first and second floors. There was extension into the first-floor and minor extension on the outside of the building into the

second-floor. After the fire was knocked down, crews chased hot spots throughout the building. Firefighters on scene conducted heavy overhaul on the badly damaged basement and rear area of the first-floor. Everyone in the house made it out safely, and no firefighters were injured. The fire is currently under investigation. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER


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DEPARTMENT PROFILE

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Irondequoit, NY - The Ridge Culver FD (RCUF) held its annual banquet on May 12th using their own firehouse as the setting for a group picture in front of their station. The event was well attended and with all the preparations made, went off without a hitch.

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Crews work to remove a "victim" in this vehicle extrication demonstration.

New Baltimore FD Holds First Annual Health & Fire Safety Day New Baltimore, NY - The wet and rainy weather wasn't going to stop the New Baltimore Fire Department from hosting their first annual Health and Fire Safety Day on Saturday, May 19th. The event was held at their firehouse located at 77 Gill Road in the Town of New Baltimore. There was a handful of informational booths to benefit from, and the event was free and open to the public. The event included bystander CPR, a Narcan Training session held by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, fire extinguisher training, a vehicle extrication demonstration using the Jaws of Life, held by members of the NBFD, as well as a demonstration by the Greene County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit. Other activities included a junior firefighter obstacle course, face painting, and a "Shed the Meds"

RCUF is a combination department with a career chief, Steve Sessler, and (four) four-man groups. They also are responsible for Monroe County's Special Operations Unit 10. They have about 60 men and women on the roster and five commissioners.

They operate with one quint, two engines, one rescue, three squads and a boat for the nearby Irondequoit Bay. Recently, the fire department changed its mission statement from a lengthy paragraph to three short, simple and direct words; "Prepare, Prevent, and Protect".

Several members were recognized this year for their contributions to this mission as well as years of service. They are: Joe Campanella, Lt. Shane Metcalfe, Jarameel Cintron, Lt. Je-

remy Felt, Lt. Aaron Biscaro, Lt. Logan Muster, all of Group Two (career staff), Elvin Ramos, and Dan Custodio.

The career firefighters work hand in hand with the volunteers to accomplish their mission. For more information, visit these websites: www.ridgeculverfire.com IAFF 4176, https://www.facebook.com/Ridge-Culver-Professional-Firefighters-AssociationLocal-4176-470755293019437/

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JUMP TO FILE #052018114 event, allowing people to bring in and safely dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs. The Ravena Rescue Squad was also there to assist with the vehicle extrication demonstration and to show off their new Lucas Machine. This machine could be used in long transports to the hospital and, unlike humans, doesn't get tired when performing CPR. The rain did prevent a visit from the LifeNet NY Helicopter and also prevented the NBFD from using their burn pods, however, event coordinators hope for better weather next year to include these events and maybe a few more as well. - THOMAS MARRA

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Group photo in front of Quint 180 and their firehouse.

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One Person Transported from Two-Car MVA in Newburgh

Newburgh, NY - On Friday evening, June 1st, Winona Lake firefighters were called out to a twocar MVA on Route 300 in front of Walmart. One person was taken to the hospital by the Town of Newburgh Ambulance with unknown injuries.


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TODD BENDER

Lachance (in cycling gear) with the Arlington firefighters, including Captain Bill Steenbergh.

Bicyclist’s Journey from Key West to Canada Benefits First Responders

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Small Brush Fire Along CSX Tracks in Ravena Ravena Fire responded to a reported outdoor fire called in by CSX around 2:00 P.M. on May 3rd. Police searched the area and located a fire in the woods along the train tracks in the area of 167 Winnie Avenue in Ravena. The fire was extinguished and was localized to a small area along the tracks. Coeymans Fire was also called to the scene and Coeymans Hollow Fire was placed on standby.

Poughkeepsie, NY - A 70year-old US Army veteran has traveled up the east coast on a bicycle to raise money and awareness for veterans and first responders. Jerry Lachance of Sandown, New Hampshire started his cycling journey on April 9th in Key West and pedaled 2800 miles, all the way to the Pittsburgh, New HampshireCanadian border, arriving on May 19th. The 23-year volunteer firefighter from the small New Hampshire town did the trip from Canada to Key West in 2016 and raised over $25,000 for Ride2Recovery, which is part of Project Hero. This year he decided to run the trip in reverse and has raised over $14,000 to date. Lachance has stressed that this trip, working with donors, is designed to give back to those who gave so much. Project Hero is an adaptive sports medicine organization that

JUMP TO FILE #052218112 serves veterans and first responders, and is dedicated to helping those affected by PTSD, traumatic brain injuries and other deficiencies to achieve rehabilitation and recovery. They also build and provide adaptive bikes to physically challenged and injured veterans and first responders. The organization has also founded the Project Hero Institute for Mental Health to support clinical research programs. Lachance's trip ended at a firehouse along the route almost every night. On May 11th he started his day in Milford, Pennsylvania, on the Delaware River, and crossed the Hudson River, ending at the Arlington Fire District headquarters in the Town of Poughkeepsie, New York. The well-traveled cyclist was greeted by Captain Bill Steenbergh and his firefighters. The

union representing the Arlington firefighters, IAFF Local 2393 prepared a meal of steak and potatoes for their guest and fed him breakfast on Saturday before he departed for Canaan, Connecticut. The Vietnam veteran said that Project Hero, through his ride donors, hopes to provide funding for fire departments to purchase bulletproof vests. There has been a surge in violence towards firefighters and medics who are responding to calls. "When you have to wear a flak jacket to go on calls, there's a problem." Lachance intimated that he can't eliminate the danger, but Project Hero can attempt to provide an added level of safety. To follow the travels of Jerry Lachance or donate to his trip, v i s i t http://r2r.convio.net/site/TR?px=1 057650&fr_id=1181&pg=personal - TODD BENDER


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Salem Rescue Squad Receives Grant from Mary McClellan Foundation Salem, NY – (May 7, 2018) – The Salem Rescue Squad would like to thank the Mary McClellan Foundation for its generous grant in support of the Squad’s emergency medical services operation. The grant was used to obtain: ZOLL X Series Monitor/Defibrillator at less than 12 pounds, the X Series is about half the size and weight of other full-featured devices. Its large, bright screen allows for simultaneous viewing of four traces, all 12 ECG leads, or static and dynamic 12-lead views on a “split screen”. The device also incorporates the latest, most advanced and most complete monitoring capabilities, including “gold standard” Masimo rainbow SET Pulse COOximetry and Welch Allyn’s Rapid NIBP technology to improve accuracy and reliability. ZOLL’s open architecture makes it possible to send event files from the ambulance to the hospital while the patient is in transit. Salem Rescue Squad President John Gibb said, "we are so grateful for the generous support of the Mary McClellan Foundation. These funds have allowed us to keep pace with equipment requirements important for the quality patient care we provide." We would also like to remind

JUMP TO FILE #050718107 everyone to make sure that your 9-11 street address is clearly visible from the road so that we can locate you quickly during an emergency. Keep an up to date list of your medical history, medications and dosages, and any allergies for yourself and family members. For more than 45 years, the Salem Rescue Squad has provided emergency medical services to citizens and visitors in Salem, Hebron, Jackson, East Greenwich and Rupert. The Squad relies primarily on dedicated volunteers to serve as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), drivers and assistants in answering approximately 500 calls per year. Salem Rescue Squad is in search of new members who can be a part of its team and contribute to its critical mission of providing emergency medical care to the community. Flexible schedules are easily accommodated due to our 24/7 schedule. For more information about Salem Rescue Squad call 518.854.7199 or email salem44ems@hotmail.com. - ED DONOGHUE

WORKING FACES

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Firefighter Steve "Suds" Sudore posing next to Quint 180 on a sun filled evening in Irondequoit prior to Ridge Culver's annual banquet.

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House Fire in Seneca Falls Quickly Knocked

Seneca Falls, NY - On May 7th, firefighters from Seneca Falls, along with Waterloo as a FAST team, Fayette with an engine, and Geneva with their quint, responded to a report of smoke coming from the roof and eaves of a home on Ovid Street. Geneva set up their quint and went to work on the roof to open it up and douse the fire from the ladder pipe.

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Child Abuse; the Horror Story EMS ISSUE

CHELLE CORDERO

We’ve all heard stories about babies crying through the night and neighbors calling the police on the parents because they were annoyed. But what about the child crying because they need genuine help and no one calls? Every U.S. state has minimum standards and mandatory reporting of child abuse laws; the list of mandated reporters includes EMTs, firefighters, teachers, nurses, social workers and more when they are operating within their respective roles. New York State does not have a “Duty to Act” law if the individual is off-duty and out-of-uniform; if the off-duty EMT does report suspected child abuse, it is done as a private citizen. Private citizens are encouraged to report suspected child abuse. On duty mandatory reporters can be charged with a Class-A misdemeanor if they fail to report suspected child abuse. Knowingly and falsely reporting child abuse can also be charged with a misdemeanor. Many incidents of child abuse have gone unreported for a variety of reasons, including: thinking that simply mentioning the suspicion to an ER nurse is sufficient; not recognizing the signs of child abuse; fear of reporting a non-existing case and getting the parents or self in trouble; a perceived lack of response from authorities; or not knowing what the procedure is (including the correct document to file) or who to forward it to. A child is considered to be anyone who is under the age of 18; child abuse warning signs can be neglect, physical trauma, emotional abuse, intentional malnourishment, and sexual abuse. Be alert anytime you enter a scene involving a child and the scenario doesn’t match the “story”, if the information you are given is not consistent, or if the child appears to have an unnatural fear of a parent or guardian. Know that your report will only begin an investigation and so long as it is made in good faith, you will not get into trouble if your suspicions are wrong. If you suspect child abuse do NOT confront the parents/guardian and do not pass along your suspicions to the ER or police in front of the parents or child. Do make accurate notes of all findings on the PCR, but do not list your suspicions or any accusations on this legal document. Here are some signs to watch for: • Shaken Baby Syndrome – look for retinal hemorrhages, rib and long bone injuries, confusion or unconsciousness in a child under 3. • Fractures — watch for uncommon fractures that are not

consistent with the alleged accident or injury. An example, an infant that is not crawling or walking is unlikely to fall down a flight of stairs. • Bruises — varying stages of multiple bruises, or in places not consistent with normal childhood play. • Burns — children play and may be inquisitive, but multiple burns or unusual burns (such as multiple cigarette burns), or in unusual areas. • Sexual Abuse — watch for complaints of pain or bleeding in the genital area or anus; if this abuse is suspected do not attempt to examine but do report this to the ER and document it thoroughly. • Neglect — document it if a child appears malnourished or (long-term) unclean, if there has been a lack of needed medical care, if the supervising parent is drunk or under-the-influence, or if the

child was found alone without supervision. Make sure that you know your agency’s policies on mandatory reporting and which child services agency takes reports in your area. Be concise and thorough when filling out the reporting form (this is not the PCR) and include the child’s gender and age along with any complaints and findings. Include the names (if known) and relationships of any others found on scene with the patient along with your interpretation of their attitudes about the child and emergency. Make sure to document everything that pertains to this suspected child abuse case. Remember that not every sign of child abuse actually IS child abuse, but on the chance that it is, you might save that child’s life if you report it through the proper channels.

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Poughkeepsie, NY - West Clinton 71-71 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center after transporting a patient.


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One Person Arrested for Setting Two Houses on Fire in Lansingburgh Lansingburgh, NY - The City of Troy’s Fire Department responded to an alarm of fire at 600 4th Avenue in North Lansingburgh on June 5th. The caller reported that the siding on the front of the JUMP TO FILE# house was on fire, 060718103 and that there was an elderly woman still inside. Neighbors were able to act quickly and remove the elderly woman from her home without injury, and also put water on the fire. Engine-1 arrived on scene and had a two-story balloon frame structure with a fire condition in the front of the structure. Firefighters wet down the front of the building and made sure the fire did not extend inside the structure. Engine-1 held all resources from the box alarm on scene. Upon further inspection, crews noticed that the front of the building at 598 4th Ave. was also set on fire. Car-4 requested the police department to the scene as well as an evidence technician. While crews were wrapping up on scene and getting their apparatus back into service, another alarm of fire came in down the street in the alleyway behind 22 118th Street. The caller stated that a male ignited some garbage on fire behind the house. The Troy Police Department quickly arrived on scene and were able to locate the suspect at the end of the alleyway. Engine-4 quickly extinguished the debris that was on fire. A witness who saw the suspect ignite the fire in the alleyway positively identified the individual, who was then taken into custody. The house at 600 4th Ave. sustained damage to the front of the structure and to the siding. If it was not for the quick acting residents and neighbors, this fire could have quickly spread to the rest of the house. The other house at 598 4th Ave. sustained minor damage to one of the shutters and some of the siding on the home. The name of the suspect and/or the reason for starting the fires is not known at this time. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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Crews make entry as smoke billows out.

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Improperly Discarded Cigarette Causes House Fire in Greenport Greenport, NY - On Sunday, May 6th, Greenport firefighters battled a structure fire at 13 Arthur Avenue. Crews were dispatched at 4:29 P.M. to a reported fire inside the residence. Chief John Onufrychuk arrived on the scene within minutes to confirm a basement fire that was spreading to the first-floor. He requested Hudson Fire to respond to the scene as the FAST. All residents were able to escape the building, but several were

JUMP TO FILE #050718101 transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital for smoke inhalation and to be evaluated. The cause of the fire, according to personnel on the scene, was thought to be from a cigarette discarded in a trash bag in the basement. In addition to Greenport and Hudson Fire, Claverack Fire also

Greenport Fire Captain Adam Cozza stretches a hose line.

responded to the scene with a FAST team. Stottville Fire stood by in quarters for Greenport. Fire coordinators from the Columbia County Fire Coordinator's Office and the county Cause and Origin Team also responded, as did the New York State Police, Sheriff's Office and Greenport Rescue Squad. Greenport Fire units were back in service at about 7:00 P.M. - MIKE MCCAGG

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New Baltimore FD Holds Annual Installation Dinner Albany, NY - The New Baltimore Fire Department held their annual Installation Dinner at Treviso by Mallozzi's in Albany on Saturday, May 5th. Some awards and recognitions included Chief John Wallace Jr. for Top EMS Responder; Paul Davis received second place for Top Fire Responder; and Scotty VanWormer received Top Respon-

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First Responders Face Busy Week as Warm Weather Hits Troy Troy, NY - Summer is one of busiest times for our first responders in the City of Troy, with a higher call volume amount for the police and fire department. On Wednesday, May 2nd at 7:01 P.M., the City of Troy's FD and PD responded to the in- JUMP TO FILE# tersection of Fourth 051818105 Street and Madison Street for a report of an auto pedestrian accident involving a child under the age of seven-years-old. Police units in the area arrived on scene and had a child down in the roadway conscious, breathing and alert. The fire department arrived within minutes and began patient care. A large group of youth gathered in the area, causing a minor disturbance. Police officers were able to speak with all of the youth and bring peace quickly back to the neighborhood. The child was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the vehicle was not ticketed. A few hours later, at 9:38 P.M. in Lansingburgh, the Troy FD was dispatched to 527 7th Avenue for an alarm of fire. The caller stated that the back porch was on fire. Engine-1 arrived on scene and had a heavy fire condition in the rear of the building. Engine-1’s crew pulled a single hand line and quickly knocked the heavy fire down. Command requested National Grid to the scene to cut the power to the building. Command released Engines 4, and 2, Truck-2, and the Rescue Squad. Crews conducted overhaul while investigators determined the cause of the fire, which was an electrical issue. About one hour after crews went back into service, another alarm of fire for 42 5th Avenue toned out. Engine-4 arrived on scene and called for the Signal 30. Car-4 called for the secondalarm, as Command had heavy fire on the third-floor of a threestory house. Engine-4’s crew pulled a hand-line to the fire floor, followed by a back up line from the next arriving crews. Truck-2 set up and sent its crew to the roof as the fire made its way into the attic. Truck-2’s crew made the vent on the roof and used a hand line to knock down all of the fire in the attic area. Crews were able to bring the fire under control within 20 minutes. Extensive overhaul of the fire rooms followed. The house suffered significant damage and the fire is under investigation at this time. No firefighters or residents were injured in the 5th Avenue fire. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER

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Car Crashes Into Frear Park Entrance in Troy

Troy, NY - On May 5th, just before midnight, the City of Troy Police and Fire Departments were dispatched for a vehicle that struck the main entrance of Frear Park. City of Troy Engine-4, along with Medic-4, the Rescue Squad and Car-4 quickly arrived on the scene. Crews had a single-car accident with a vehicle into the wall entering the park. The driver of the vehicle also struck a telephone pole. Firefighters removed the driver, who was having a medical emergency, placed her in an ambulance and transported her to Samaritan Hospital. The telephone pole and wall suffered minor damage, as did the vehicle. The vehicle was towed a short time later.

Fairview Chief Chris Maeder consults with a school employee as his firefighters listen in.

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Crews Respond to Heavy Smoke Condition at DCC Poughkeepsie, NY - On June 4th, shortly after 2:00 P.M., Fairview FD was dispatched, along with Poughkeepsie's E-2 under pre-planned mutual aid, to Dutchess Community College for reports of heavy smoke conditions in Falcon Hall. Upon Fairview's arrival, the building, which houses the school's gym, weight room and

JUMP TO FILE #060518102 some classrooms, was being evacuated. Firefighters determined that an electrical phase to the college had malfunctioned and five buildings lost power. In Falcon Hall, an electrical motor had short-circuited causing the smoke condi-

tion, according to Fairview Chief Chris Maeder. Poughkeepsie Engine 2 was released from the scene while Fairview remained to ventilate the building. Central Hudson Gas and Electric workers were en route to the college to repair the electrical phase. - TODD BENDER

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Brush Fire Along CSX Tracks in New Baltimore New Baltimore, NY - The New Baltimore Fire Department was called to a brush fire next to the train tracks near Route 9W and New Baltimore Road in New Baltimore around 7:00 P.M. on April 24th. Crews were able to use their UTVs and access the scene from the backyard of a residence on Birchwood Lane and extinguish the fire. The cause of the fire is believed to have been from sparks coming off of passing trains combined with the dry brush and windy conditions.

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FDNY Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony Held in Manhattan for First Responders Manhattan, NY - There is an old maritime tradition that originated in Mediterranean fishing communities known as the Blessing of the Fleet. On May 31st, New York City officials, firefighters, police officers and members of the U.S. Coast Guard were in attendance as members of the JUMP TO FILE# clergy blessed a 060118106 fleet of FDNY and NYPD vessels that protect our waterfront. As the emergency response vessels approached the South Street Seaport for the ceremony, the clouds opened up with a heavy downpour of ran. This did not deter anyone from participating in this celebration of vessels, and the men and women who operate them, that protect our metropolitan area. Included in the blessing were FDNY Marine 1, 9 and the “William M. Feehan". NYPD units included the “Ptl. Phillip Cardillo”, “P.O. Harry R. Ryman”, and “P.O. Edward Byrne". After the blessing, the boats provided a water display, in conjunction with the heavy rain drops. - RON JEFFERS

RON JEFFERS

The vessels passed the South Street Seaport where officials stood by and members of the clergy conducted the Blessing of the Fleet.

Patriotic water display offered by Marine 9.

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NYPD 121 precinct Police Officer Vincenzo Trabobolse with his brother Nick, from FDNY 82 Truck, after battling a recent all-hands fire on 84 Purdue St. in Staten Island.

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All-Hands Dwelling Fire in Staten Island Staten Island, NY - On May 21st, firefighters responded on 7-5 Box 2936 to 84 Purdue Street in Staten Island for reports of a structure fire. Upon their arrival, crews found a three-story, 20x40 dwelling with fire on the second-floor. The flames were quickly knocked and no injuries were reported.

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PHOTO COLLECTION BY RUSSELL CURLEY

FDNY Ladder 176 (Brooklyn Borough), a 1974 Seagrave 100-foot/rear mount. (Notice the bicentennial stars on the front.)


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FDNY FDNY Graduates New Class of 311 Firefighters

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Brooklyn, NY - FDNY held a graduation ceremony for 311 probationary Firefighters on Wednesday, April 18th at 10:00 A.M., at Christian Cultural Center – 12020 Flatlands Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. “With their completion of rigorous training at the Fire Academy, these probationary Firefighters JUMP TO FILE# are equipped to con- 060118103 tinue the Department’s mission in keeping New Yorkers safe,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. “Their service is critical, as the Department responded to more than 1.7 million emergencies last year.” People of color comprised 34% of the 311 graduating probationary Firefighters – 18.6% identify as Hispanic, 10.3% as African-American, and 4.8% as Asian-American/Pacific Islander. There are five women in the class, bringing the total number of female Firefighters to 65 – the highest total in FDNY history. There are also 14 veterans, representing all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Over their 18 weeks at the FDNY Training Academy, this class was extensively trained in all aspects of their job as Firefighters: fire suppression and medical response, hazardous materials, collapse and confined space rescue training, auto extrication, building inspections and procedures for engine and ladder operations. These probationary firefighters will be assigned to firehouses throughout the city, where they will gain field experience under the guidance of senior firefighters and officers. The graduation also marked a first for the storied department. For the first time, a graduate of the academy, Matthew Fiorito, was following in the footsteps of his mother, retired FDNY Captain Marianne Monahan; one of the first women firefighters in the department. Captain Monahan was pleased with the amount of diversity in the graduating class saying, "I hope the department continues to expand in the diversity of it," and encouraged women considering a career with the FDNY to "get in the best physical and mental shape that you can" when preparing for the exam. When asked what the biggest challenge faced was when getting on the job in 1978, she chuckled and said "no bathrooms". Her son Matthew previously worked as an EMT for five-and-a-half years before going through the academy, said of his mom "it was like having another drill instructor, only with a little more love". Monahan, the mother of three, was visibly proud of her probationary firefighter, saying "I've always been proud to be his mom, but to know I was his mentor - that just puts me over the moon!" Probationary firefighter Fiorito has been assigned to Brooklyn. - TODD BENDER


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FDNY DEPARTMENT PROFILES

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FDNY firehouses throughout Brooklyn.

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Driver Crashes Car into Staten Island Home Staten Island, NY - On May 1st at 2:00 P.M., firefighters were dispatched to 24 Peare Place in Staten Island for reports of an MVA. Upon arrival, first responders found a motorist who had crashed into his neighbor's house, creating a huge hole in the front facade of the home. The motorist was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. FDNY Rescue 5 was special called to shore up the front doorway of the residence.

Engine 231/Ladder 120.

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Engine 283/Division 15.

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The Thin Red Line; The Flag and the Firefighter Chaplain's Corner

Pastor Fernando Villicana

During my career with the Los Angeles City Fire Department, each and every shift included the placing and lowering of our flag; a responsibility that could have easily become routine really had meaning for me. There was never a day where I raised or lowered the flag that didn’t come with a sense of awe and respect. The term “Thin Red Line” is a symbol used by fire departments to show respect for firefighters injured and killed in the line of duty. Many times during my career the flag was raised at half mast in recognition of our fallen heroes who paid the ultimate price. Throughout our nation, Firefighters and other Emergency Responders place their lives second to those they protect. They are forced to face their own fears and grasp for every ounce of courage to per-

form the necessary task. The American flag stands for so much more than some stars and stripes on a piece of fabric. To me, the American flag represents the freedoms we are given here in America. Those freedoms do not come without a price. There are thousands of men and women that are fighting to maintain these freedoms each and every day. You can disagree with the government, or the way America is run, but we should always respect those who fight (or have fought) for our freedom and well being, some of which fight in foreign lands and others who have responded to emergencies in the streets of our cities. Although we live in an imperfect world, most people would agree we live in one of the best countries in the world. We have freedoms that people in other countries dream of. Because of those freedoms, we should respect the American flag much more. By respecting the American flag, you are respecting the freedoms you are given, and respecting the people that fight to give us those freedoms.

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